Summary of The Long-Run Consequences of Chernobyl

Evidence on Subjective Well-Being, Mental Health and Welfare

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The Long-Run Consequences of Chernobyl summary
After Chernobyl, fears of cancer proved more real than actual episodes of radiation-induced illness.


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While it may not be as bad as developing cancer as the result of a nuclear meltdown, spending years worrying about radiation exposure can take a psychological and economic toll on a nation’s people. In this intriguing study, economists Alexander M. Danzer and Natalia Danzer find that the mental health effects lingering decades after the Chernobyl accident are the unanticipated fallout from the world’s biggest nuclear disaster. Their extensively documented report, with its detailed statistics and charts, draws lessons for governments about the human and financial costs of dealing with a massive catastrophe. getAbstract recommends this original work to public health officials, policy makers and economists.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What lingering economic and psychological effects the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident has had
  • Why mental health problems have been more widespread than physical maladies among Ukraine’s general population


The Chernobyl meltdown of April 1986 remains the largest and costliest nuclear disaster to date. Ukraine has spent $148 billion, or 5% to 7% of its annual GDP, on accident remediation. Clean-up workers, first responders and those living closest to the site have borne the brunt of Chernobyl’s physical...
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About the Authors

Alexander M. Danzer is an assistant professor at the University of Munich. Natalia Danzer is the deputy director of the Ifo Center for Labor Market Research and Family Economics.

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